Monday, June 2, 2008

Special media release 6/2/08- Camp Bayou, Ruskin

Media contact: Dolly Cummings

phone: 813-363-5438


Special Encore Family Naturalist Programs on Fridays through June


Camp Bayou is offering a special encore of the FREE Family Naturalist Program workshops that were held last month, this time on Friday mornings from 9am-11am through June. The Family Naturalist Program is free and pre-registration is not required. You can attend on just one, or all Friday and/ or Saturdays, until June 28.


FREE Friday Family Naturalist Workshops schedule: 

June 13- net critters in the river (What is an indicator species?); count butterflies for University of Florida's Butterfly Network (What is citizen science?);

June 20- hunt for 'aliens' along the river (What are non-native invasive species?); net critters in the river (What is biodiversity?)

June 27- dig under the leaves and soil (What lives beneath our feet?), check out the critters living in a gopher tortoise burrow (What is a keystone species?).


** PLUS **


Don't miss the rest of the FREE Saturday morning Family Naturalist workshops from 9-10am:

June 7- What is a Florida Friendly Yard? (native plant walk then make your own terrarium)
June 14- What does water quality mean? (do chemical tests on river water samples)
June 21- What is a wetland? (explore the wetlands near the river, net critters)
June 28- A Watershed Celebration!


On June 28, there will be a 3-hour Watershed Celebration with food, a ''Family Feud'- type game with prizes, plus awards based on attendance. To see a sampling of the types of awards and prizes offered, visit the Family Naturalist Network at While you're there, consider joining to connect with like-minded families. 

If you have any questions contact Dolly at 813-363-5438 or email at


Funding for the Family Naturalist Program workshops is provided by the Alafia River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.


Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin, on the Little Manatee River.



pictured: Kaitlyn Allen of Gibsonton gets the BIG picture through a magnifying glass of all the insects and other critters caught in a pitfall trap placed near the entrance to a gopher tortoise burrow.

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